11th January 2012

Lessons From A Tro Tro

“For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
Romans 8:20-21 (TNIV)

In our house hang 3 small paintings, souvenirs from visits to Ghana. They depict “tro tros”, a common form of transport in this African nation. A tro tro can be any vehicle larger than a taxi but smaller than a bus – anything that has seats for paying customers!

These vehicles often display religious quotations. All 3 of our pictures have a message – and one of them once made me smile when I was not at my best. I had a stomach upset; let’s just say that I found myself in the “smallest room of the house” for far longer than I normally expect!

While feeling sorry for myself, my eye fell on the painted tro tro. “No condition is permanent” the vehicle confidently displays. Despite my ill health, I laughed. Here was I, in a condition that was very trying. Yet, I was reminded that this temporary indisposition would eventually pass.

Experience tells us that, given time and perhaps effort, we will see through difficulties, as nothing is permanent. This is encouraging and gives us hope. Yet, this is small compared to the anticipation declared in the Bible: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18).

What God has in mind is far more than just bringing an end to all frustration, distress and mourning. His plans are so vast that the troubles of today will be lost among the wonders that will be revealed, when the time is right. The bad times will be remembered no more. Indeed, the Apostle Paul confidently asserts that “The creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” (Romans 8:19).

No condition is permanent – not even for the cosmos as we know it. What lies ahead is a mystery – but God promises that once the glory to come is revealed, we will never look back.

Prayer
Father, you promise that the whole Universe will be brought into glory. Fill our hearts with hope for the plans that you have set in place. We ask in the name of the One who has made this so, the Lord Jesus.
Amen

Study by Ian Woodley

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